James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
I am very surprised at the high rating others have given the narrator.
The male characters all sound the same! In a book with hard boiled detectives, and military men, and people from Mars (who are actually described as having a Texas twang) you would think that a professional narrator wouldn't have much difficulty coming up with a set of voices to differentiate the characters.
But no. He delivers all the lines straight, in his own voice, which sounds like..... your high-school English teacher. Perfectly pleasant, but out of place here! I realize that every Narrator can't be Dick Hill, but come on....
The narrator really took away from my enjoyment of the book. I will buy the rest of the series, but the old fashioned way: Paperback.
Nice to see such a solid piece of writing. I really liked both the characters and the writing. Very professional, very good imagery. I couldn't ask for more in a novel.
Works fairly well as a stand alone, not sure if I will listen to the rest of series. Narrative was good story was ok.
The initial part of the book was a little slow since it jumped around between character; however, after that it picked up and I found the story intriguing and much more energized. very interested to see what the syfy channel does with this as a television series.
I almost stopped listening several times in the first few hours of the book. Grip me it did not.
Yet I am thrilled that I stuck it out, because the book got better, and the series is wonderful.
I am captivated by the characters, the story arc, and the storytelling now that I am deep into the world these authors have created.
Bottom line: if you aren't captured quickly, don't worry. It is worth the wait.
Probably not. I liked it, but it's not one of my all time favourites.
I love his voice. It never bothers me. And it changes pitch perfectly for all the characters - it's subtle, yet effective.
I think a had a few hearty laughs at various points.
One of those books that I just couldn't "get going" with. The story unfolds like audio molasses...it continues to look like we might be headed to an interesting place and get some traction, but after 3 hours in...it was all still anticipatory. The narrator was decent, but there is only so much he could do with a less than exciting story.
Great Sci-fi story,but not recommended for younger listeners due to language. Some of the space flight science seems a little off, but if you ignore that, it's a fun listening experience. Very well narrated.
Narrator was fine. Some more variance in delivery for different characters may have been nice. Story isn't very original. Emotionally flat for me. Tempo felt off.
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